Training Alliance for Public Safety, Inc.

Respirator Fit Testing

TAPS can facilitate OSHA and CDA requirements for N95, KN95, P100 And Elastomeric Respirator Fit Testing.           

What we do:

  • Fit Test your Employees On Site -  in accordance with OSHA Standard 1910.134
  • Assist with your Respiratory Protection Plan Paperwork
  • Provide assistance for Medical Evaluations.
  • Train Employees on proper donning/doffing, cleaning and maintenance of PPE and all employee training requirements listed in the CCR Title 8 section 5144 (K)
     Types of Medical Respirators                   fit test

Let TAPS help you navigate, Title 8!!

What is a Respirator Fit Test? (From https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2018-129/default.html)
A fit test is conducted to verify that a respirator is both comfortable andcorrectly fits the user. Fit test methods are classified as either qualitative or quantitative. A qualitative fit test is a pass/fail test that relies on the individual’s sensory detection of a test agent, such as taste, smell, or involuntary cough (a reaction to irritant smoke*). A quantitative fit test uses an instrument to numerically measure the effectiveness of the respirator.

The benefits of a fit test include better protection for the employee and verification that the employee is wearing a correctly-fitting model and size of respirator. Higher than expected levels of exposure to a contaminant may occur if the respirator has a poor face seal against the user’s skin, which can result in leakage.

How Often Must Fit Testing Be Conducted?
In addition to fit testing upon initially selecting a model of respirator, OSHA requires that fit testing be conducted annually, and repeated “whenever an employee reports, or the employer or the physician or other licensed health care professional makes visual observations of changes in the employee’s physical condition that could affect respirator fit (e.g., facial scarring, dental changes, cosmetic surgery, or an obvious change in body weight).

The appropriate length of time between respirator fit tests has been a point of debate and discussion for many years due to its use of workplace time and resources, especially in reference to the commonly-used filtering facepiece respirator (FFR).3 In response to these concerns, NIOSH completed a study that confirmed the necessity of the current OSHA respirator fit testing requirement, both annually and when physical changes have occurred.

Click below for videos and information from OSHA, to help you facilitate your Respiratory Protection Program.

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/respiratoryprotection/training_videos.html